Once More Unto The Breach Dear Friends, Once More!
A guillemot lands with his catch and there is a moment of tension as he has to fight through the hungry mob to find his chick...
There are over 50,00 breeding pairs of guillemot (Common Murre) on the Farne Islands off the North East coast of England. They test to nest on cliff faces in the early summer months, but here they are perched on top of volcanic pinnacles at Staple Island.
Most are in physical contact with one another, so it's quite a hectic scene. They seem to have left a small landing area clear. When one lands with a fresh catch they have to quickly find their nest before the fish is stolen. It's funny to watch them stepping on top of one another! Not dissimilar from human commutes in big cities!